Vienna-based group Aurora By Noon recently unleashed Black Crosses In The Sun, a debut full-length album that showcases what happens when brilliant ideas, exceptional musicianship, and experience collide into a comprehensive collection of ear-appealing songs. It’s a cleverly assembled material that will unquestionably appeal to all the fans of an alternative rock sound, but fans of other music genres will enjoy these tunes too.
However, I will solely focus on a title track today. Black Crosses In The Sun is a thoroughly assembled number that emits a strong message to those willing to pay close attention and listen. The song deals with the current war in Ukraine, but instead of picking sides, it focuses on a sacrifice the Ukrainian people needed to make to fight and protect their homeland. It’s a song about survival instinct and decision-making in the most troubling times for humankind. Of course, Aurora By Noon skillfully implemented the lyric content onto the sonic background, so you’ll notice that each vocal harmony perfectly applies to every segment of the song.
Soundwise, perhaps Aurora By Noon explores the fundamentals of a contemporary alternative rock sound, but there are some sonic ingredients borrowed from other complementary music genres. Therefore, don’t be surprised if you stumble upon some of the finest properties of indie rock, nineties rock, post-rock, hard rock, or metal. Of course, Aurora By Noon incorporated these elements to enhance, accentuate, and decorate Black Crosses In The Sun even more, while alternative rock remains the primary sonic direction. There are even some segments where this number bursts with progressive sonic maneuvers and rhythmic acrobatics, so Black Crosses In the Sun will appeal to even the pickiest listeners.
Speaking of segments, Aurora By Noon are not joking around with their music. Each part of this number resonates with equal amounts of power and melody. It’s jaw-dropping how every instrument provides bone-crushing tones but also sounds calm, soothing, and relaxing. The bands capable of doing that are rare nowadays, and you’ll have many difficulties while searching for a perfectly balanced and consistent track like Black Crosses In The Sun. The band achieved all of that by combining ultra-heavy riffs, semi-distorted arpeggiated chord progressions, melodies, and leads. The equally hearable low-end tones contribute to the heaviness of Black Crosses In The Sun but also serve as a binding element between guitars and drumming performance. The profoundly dynamic rhythmic sequences burst with complex beats, breaks, drum fills, accentuations, and other percussive acrobatics. Still, this song wouldn’t sound catchy without the flawlessly performed vocal harmonies that range from low over the mid to high tones with such ease. There’s no doubt that Aurora By Noon invested a lot of time and ideas into Black Crosses In The Sun, and the effort paid off in a mesmerizing alternative track that you’ll gladly place on your playlist. The single and the full-length debut album are available on all streaming platforms.